Thanks for the mention! Today is release day for Face the Change and I’m so excited to share this new work with readers.
Going Through The Change: (Menopausal Superheroes #1) July 10, 2017
Just in time to celebrate the release of book 3 on July 11, a thoughtful review of book 1. Thanks!
As women enter menopause their bodies go through a lot of changes. They have to deal with such things as hot flashes, itchy skin, mood swings and hormonal imbalances. For the women in Going Through The Change: (Menopausal Superheroes #1) by Samantha Bryant these changes lead to superhuman strength. It all started with four women taking supplements made by Dr. Cindy Liu for their menopause symptoms.
Now we have Linda who has become a man, Helen who can throw fire, Jessica who now flies and Patricia who is bullet proof. None of the women understand why these changes happened and now they’re trying to find Dr. Cindy Lu to get some answers. What they don’t know is Cindy Liu is going through some changes herself and the answers they seek will change their lives forever.
As soon as I saw the cover for this book I thought of it as…
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Twisting the Tropes July 3, 2017
Thanks for hosting me today. The post looks great!
Those of us facing the change may be old enough to have been told we don’t discuss such things, but we’re also old enough to have learned to ignore that advice. In fact, we’re at the age where we start rethinking a lot of the commonly assumed ideas we run into everyday. Here today with a whole new look at not only menopause, but also women and superheros, is Samantha Bryant. Welcome, Samantha!
What inspired this book?
My husband and I had just watched a superhero movie. I’m not actually sure which one it was now, but it featured another adolescent hero getting powers alongside hormones. As we often do after we watch a movie, we were walking our dog and talking about the movie. I was kvetching a bit about how young all the characters were and that it was difficult for me to connect with teenage superheroes. I…
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A Terror and an Aphrodisiac June 26, 2017
Awesome. As always, powerful characterizations so quickly. Definitely left me wanting to read more.
I could see her from the end of the block. She was sitting on the sidewalk under the yellow-orange street lamp, next to a pile of white rubbish bags from the nail salon next door. There was something white sticking from her mouth, bigger than a cigarette. A thermometer maybe. And she was holding an ice pack over her eye. It was fresh, which meant Abdul had probably given it to her. I could see him as I approached, peering out the window of the shop, making sure the crazy white girl with the black eye was okay on the street.
He smiled and waved when he saw me coming.
“It’s all right,” I called through the glass. “I’ll take care of her.”
Abdul Suleiman was the 50-something owner of the Halal market under my apartment, and my landlord. He had a sloping bald head with an arc of black…
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Pedants are Assholes June 21, 2017
This is the best analysis I’ve seen of what’s going on with pedants and trolls.
I need to be better at handling them. I don’t even take my own advice and end up making things worse. It’s just so damned hard.
To be clear, pedantry is not disagreement — although any disagreement automatically opens a lot of ground for pedantry. Someone is not being pedantic simply because they have a different opinion or are making a contrary argument. The point at which a discussion is jointly entered, most kinds of explanation are fair game.
Pedantry is also different than teaching, although the pedant always claims that’s what they’re doing. Like any good troll, they hide behind the ambiguity of language. But there is a clear difference. Teaching is student-focused, where the most important person in the exchange is the learner. Extra steps are taken to explain it in terms they can understand, and any failure of understanding is assumed first to be the responsibility of…
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Agree about that last line.
“Fan”tastical Friday: Helen Keller June 17, 2017
I’ve long been a fan of Helen Keller’s too. Her story is inspiring, and her own writings so thoughtful and kind, despite the harshness with which she had been treated at times. Amazing woman.
I’ve never really gave much notice to the term “fandom” until I looked up the meaning of the word in a dictionary:
-“the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.”
This definition made me chuckle as it sounds like something out of a psychology textbook. So, I looked at what Wikipedia had to say:
-“a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.”
Meaning, you can be a “fan” of not just individuals or movies or a particular kind of music; but, also of an ideal, an interest, motive, etc.. I think you get the idea.
I suppose now that I’m thinking (oh, so dangerous) I am a fan of multiple things.
For today, I will focus on one of them.
Women with great inner…
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